Social Sciences Reviews | March 1, 2014

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Reviews of Kai Bird’s The Good Spy, James Oakes’s The Scorpion’s Sting, Peter Stark’s Astoria, H. Anthony Bandy’s eBooked!, John Baxter’s The Golden Moments of Paris, Steven Levingston’s Little Demon in the City of Light, Janice MacLeod’s Paris Letters, and more, plus a list of title titles from the March 1 issue.

Ackerman, Carr, Darnton, Fukuyama, Kissinger | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2014, Pt. 3

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Ackerman, Diane. The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us. Norton. Sept. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780393240740. $27.95. SCIENCE Humans now dominate 75 percent of the landmass, and our technological prowess allows us to gift orangutans with iPads and collect DNA samples even as species are killed off. As distinguished naturalist and poet Ackerman notes, “Our […]

Current Issues from Military Contractors to Educating At-Risk Youth | Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2014, Pt. 1

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Banks, David with G.F. Lichtenberg. Soar: How Boys Learn, Succeed, and Develop Character the Eagle Way. 37 Ink: Atria. Sept. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9781476760957. $26.99. SOCIAL SCIENCE In 2004, Banks received permission to build an all-boys public school in New York City’s marginalized South Bronx, arguing that a rigorous blend of college prep–style instruction and […]

Hampton Sides on Arctic Catastrophe, Paul Ryan on His Political Vision, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Aug. 2014, Pt. 3

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Dolnick, Edward. The Rush: America’s Fevered Quest for Fortune, 1848–1855. Little, Brown. Aug. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780316175685. $28. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. HISTORY As the Edgar Award–winning author of The Rescue Artist and a former chief science writer at the Boston Globe, Dolnick has intriguing credentials for writing this study of the Gold Rush, which tracks […]

Social Sciences Reviews | February 1, 2014

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Reviews of Will Swift’s Pat and Dick: The Nixons, an Intimate Portrait of a Marriage, Carole K. Fink’s Cold War: An International History, Annie Jacobsen’s Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America, and a list of titles from the February 1 issue.

Social Sciences Reviews | January 2014

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Reviews of Myra MacPherson’s The Scarlet Sisters, Brad Edmondson’s Ice Cream Social, John Demos’s The Heathen School, and a list of titles from the January issue.

History, Science, & Politics | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2014, Pt. 1

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Baime, A.J. The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Ford Motor Company, and Their Epic Quest To Arm an America at War. Houghton Harcourt. Jun. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780547719283. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780547834443. HISTORY As Detroit faces bankruptcy, you’ll want to read this instructive title about its crucial role during World War II, when Edsel Ford defied […]

Galloway, Heller, Jonasson, Prose; Doll, Dyer, Petit, Todd | Barbara’s Picks, May 2014, Pt. 1

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FICTION Galloway, Steven. The Confabulist. Riverhead. May 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781594631962. $27.95. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Galloway’s poignant, sharp-eyed The Cellist of Sarajevo was both a commercial and a critical success, having sold over 100,000 copies, won multiple awards (e.g., the Evergreen Award), been nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Award and Scotiabank Giller Prize, been featured by […]

History & Political Science from the Fight for Marriage Equality to the Lives of Mitterrand | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2014, Pt. 4

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Aly, Götz. Why the Germans? Why the Jews?: Envy, Race Hatred, and the Prehistory of the Holocaust. Metropolitan: Holt. Apr. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780805097009. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780805097047. HISTORY A noted scholar of the Holocaust who’s won the National Jewish Book Award and the Heinrich Mann Prize, among other honors, Aly argues that German anti-Semitism […]

American Fun, SAT Prep, & the Financial Divide | Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2014, Pt. 4

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Beckman, John. American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt. Pantheon. Feb. 2014. 432p. ISBN 9780307908179. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780307908186. SOCIAL HISTORY Author of the debut novel The Winter Zoo, a New York Times Notable Book, Beckman challenges our understanding of American Puritanism by showing that we’ve been an essentially prankish, fun-loving nation. Colonists reveled wildly, […]

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